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200-pad chips bonded face-down against them.
sumer electronic market’s move to de- ploy OLED displays.”
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NanoNexus was formed in January 1999 to develop “the next generation of high performance, scalable and ro- bust semiconductor connector technol- ogies.” In March 2003, NanoNexus secured $14 million in Series C financ- ing led by Rustic Canyon Ventures along with new investors Hunt Ven- tures, Pacifica Fund and finaVentures, and existing investors Idanta Partners, KT Venture Group, Compass Technol- ogy Partners, 2M Technology Investors and Goff Moore Strategic Investors. The company also closed a $1 million equipment lease line with Pentech.
Today’s leading ICs are built using a feature size (half line-width) of 0.13µm. Meanwhile, connections to most ICs are made at a pad spacing of 100µm or more. Manufacturers would like to re- duce pad spacing to 50µm and below; however, the industry does not have the ability to build cost effective test probes that match this pad spacing.
The company’s initial products, probe cards for testing wafers, will deliver advantages in performance, manufac- turability, scalability and cycle time. Unlike most contactor technology, which is based on discrete mechanical manufacturing processes, the NanoN- exus technology utilizes IC manufac- turing techniques to create the required 3D MEMS structures (NanoProbes).
NanoNexus probe products focus the NanoSpring technology on IC gold bump and pads at 60µm pitch and be- low. NanoProbes provide the only self- assembled contactor solution, according to the company, and provide lower manufacturing costs, shorter manufacturing cycle times and higher performance than the competing dis- crete processes – even at moderate vol- umes.
Major semiconductor manufacturers around the world are qualifying the company’s initial products.
Paul Kidman, CFO
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SiTime is a new fabless semiconduc- tor company, starting operations in 2005. Markus Lutz, markus.lutz@ rtc.bosch.com
Telairity Semiconductor (formerly Tel- eraty Systems) was founded by Howard Sachs in April 2001. When we spoke with Telairity in 2001 and 2002, the company’s mission was to be a fabless ASIC company. Telairity claimed that its highly reusable and portable IP and methodology decreases time to market by more than 10X over traditionalASIC approaches and increases performance by more than 2X.
The company’s mission is now to de- velop SoCs for digital video and imag- ing applications. Telairity has received major funding from James Meadlock, the ex-president and CEO and founder of Intergraph
NanoNexus develops semiconductor connector solutions based on 3D MEMS structures manufactured using standard semiconductor fabrication techniques. Its technology uses microli- thography to fabricate highly elastic cantilever springs in linear arrays on pitches down to 6µm. The company has soldered test arrays of 52 springs on this pitch to chips with 100% contact yield and good solder wetting to every spring. The company has also used sputter- deposition and standard lithography to fabricate arrays of cantilevered metal microsprings on 80mm pitch, and has obtained 100% electrical contact to
Nuelight was formed “to develop and supply fully integrated high perfor- mance OLED display modules.” The company has raised $4.7 million from Storm Ventures. Nuelight has devel- oped patent-pending technology to im- prove brightness uniformity, color balance and lifetimes of full color pas- sive and active matrix OLED displays. Nuelight’s web site says that it is de- veloping “OLED display modules” yet the StormVentures web site says, “Nue- light is a fabless chip company focused on developing solutions for the con-
Telairity has developed a high perfor- mance DSP vector/microcontroller ar- chitecture. The TVP400 integrates a vertical vector architecture with a 32- bit microcontroller and multi-port memories. The architecture is designed with Telairity’s custom designed build- ing block library and can run at giga- hertz speed in 90nm process technology, guaranteeing high DSP performance for demanding video ap- plications.
Telairity’s first product, a high perfor- mance video solution, was slated for introduction in early 2005 at the Con- sumer Electronics Show; however, the
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